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A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

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Monday
Jul082013

The Mobius Camera - The do-it-all mount-anywhere 1080p Micro Cam

Here's my review of the Mobius Camera. This camera has been in development for some time and clearly the manufacturer has listened to user feedback from the buyers of the #16 808 cameras and incorporated many of their requested features into this model.

There isn't too much to add here - this is a pretty comprehensive video that covers most features of the camera. I suppose the only thing I didn't go into was the webcam function. I'm not interested in this myself since all my laptops have had a built in webcam since 2009, but a webcam function can come in useful if you need to refocus the lens and view live video on your PC screen at the same time. As I mentioned at the beginning of the video the manufacturer included a tool to enable you to refocus the (unglued) lens. I know of people who use the keyring cameras mounted on their model trains who will find this very useful.

I also never tried the time-lapse function, which automatically takes photos at your specified interval. You can see these options on screen during the configuration section of the review.

The only negatives I can think of are the narrow FOV in the 720p60 mode (720p30 has the same FOV as 1080p30) and a lack of water resistance, although there may well be accessories released in the future that address the latter issue.

Due to the constant revisions the manufacturer makes to the camera, the features I have shown here could be updated in the future, but even if there are no more changes, I'm very happy wth the camera as it stands today. It never gave me a moment of trouble during the weeks I was testing it. Never once locking up or shutting down on it's own, so for me this has been a totally reliable little camera.

I'm trying to guess what crazy questions I'll get asked, so I can answer them first.

So...

Motion detection? - Latest Firmware has this option (Info added Jan 2014)

Looped/Recycled Video? YES

Can this be switched off? YES

What is looped/recycled video? - See My Beginners Guide To Car Cams Video HERE

Can the Timestamp be turned off? YES

Finally to answer a common question from people who didn't watch the video. - No the silver arrows on the camera are not buttons, they are a heat sink and being aluminium are also not magnetic. Press Play on the video to learn more.

If you have any more questions, you should get all the answers you need from the links below.

To BUY ONE (on ebay) Click your country below

US   UK   NL   DE   AU   AT   CH   IE   ES   FR   NL   BE 

I've also put some Amazon links below.

 

 

The Windows Configuration Software and Manual can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

To Download SAMPLE CLIPS - CLICK HERE

(Wait a few seconds for the samples link to load)

Chuck Lohr's detailed Mobius Page is here

RC Groups.com Forum pages about the Mobius are here

The Downloadable Instructions and configuration software are available from here

I know people are going to ask me whether they should get this or an SJ1000, but they are very different cameras. You'll need to decide yourself what features are important to you. The LCD Screen, Waterproof Case, Ultra Wide angle lens of the SJ1000 or the true 720p60, reduced-fisheye lens and easy mounting options of the Mobius.

DIMENSIONS - Just thought I should add this info.

The Mobius is 6cm front to back, 3.5cm wide and 1.7cm thick.

 

 

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Reader Comments (919)

Hi Matt, just like to say a brilliant review on an excellent product. I've bought one of these cam's and I was so impressed with it I've bought another one. Also impressed with your little Minion character - where did you get it from? Fabulous work as always.. Daz

August 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdaz003

I believe the Minion was from a McDonalds meal (a relative left it)...but you can't go into a toyshop without falling over Despicable Me merchandise at the moment.

August 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hey Matt great review once again, ordered this camera last month one word amazing! your reviews are spot on and by far the best available on YouTube, one recommendation can you start reviewing tablet computers? Thats if you can get a product sent to you free by the manufacturers.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMuj

For those of you that have had trouble downloading Techmoan's video's I thought I would mention that I couldn't down load them on IE but I have no problem downloading them on Google Chrome.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteroctober1

Thankyou Techmoan for the great reviews on your blog. I think some people don't understand just how much work is needed to write, film and edit such great quality videos, but I do, and very much appreciate your work. Clearly anyone with negative feedback on your productions needs to get a camera and have a crack at producing their own video for you to critique!

I ordered one of these Mobius cameras from Eletoponlone, for £46.43 on 26 July and it arrived on 1 August. I even received a free TV out cable, so a happy customer here.

Very impressed with the quality and features for a device costing so little. Thanks again for the very detailed, helpful review.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterP1M

Mobius Issue

I've been running the Mobius on my windshield for 3 weeks now. Turns on and off with the car and has held up to North Carolina Heat. Today was a cool day at 75 degrees F and I decided to take a look at the video I've been collecting, having tested the "save" button on the camera when a lunatic nearly crashed into me or a funny thing happens.

The Video is JERKY as if I was using a substandard memory chip

This is the first video I've reviewed from the Mobius using a new 32 GB Class 10 Sandisk micro SD chip I bought off Amazon.

I suspect that the micro SD chip was mis-represented by Amazon and that it is not class 10 as advertized (the delivery of this chip was fulfilled by Amazon so I thought some degree of certainty.)

How do I tel what rating the micro SD card actually is?

Is there a way to read the face of the micro SD card?

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDogBurritoahoo.com

@DogBurritoahoo.com there are a couple of Windows programs I always run when I get a new memory card or USB stick. These programs are also useful for ordinary harddrives.

Firstly h2testw which writes 1gb files until it fills the drive and then reads them all back to tell you normal write and read speeds in a Windows environment, as well as testing for errors.

Secondly for more precise speed testing I use ATTO Disk Benchmark, commonly known as Bench32, which creates a 256mb file and then tests the read/write speeds using a large range of block sizes.

With my Samsung 32GB MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS-I card in my Mobius, Bench32 shows up to 5.4MB/s write & 11MB/s read, and plugged into a USB2 cardreader yeilds up to 16.6MB/s write & 20MB/s read. A USB3 reader would get even faster results.

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

@Haku,

The micro SD card is actually marked UHS 1 even though it was advertized as class 10. It tests at 7.85 Mb/s Write speed. The card is weak, it should test at 10 Mbit/sec.

I think the Mobius requires a class 6 (6 Mbit/sec) so even though the card is weak it should still work.

I conclude that the Mobius is the problem, perhaps the voltage in? I'll measure that next.

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I've got my new Mobi watching out the front windscreen and my old jumbo watching out the rear. Any idea how long I will have to wait for something exciting to happen Techmoan? On thing I have noticed, my driving has improved a lot, no speeding and I'm using my indicators even when there's no one to blink at. Funny that!

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJac

I suppose the best way to estimate is to think back to the last time that you saw something happen that would have been captured if you have a camera running in the car.....mine would be about 3-4 years ago.

August 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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